Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
reades737

Interest in Repainting Aircraft

Recommended Posts

Good evening everyone,

First time poster here and have an interest in repainting aircraft. I would like know what kind of software/programs you use. I travel for a living (not so much now unfortunately) but wanted to know if you can do this type of work on a tablet, more specifically a Microsoft tablet. I have a MacBook pro but I am pretty sure that wont cut it since its apple. Any info/advice is greatly appreciated!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Ryan E.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For the little I have done I've used Gimp. Available at https://www.gimp.org/. It's free and from what i've heard it's as good as photoshop.


Tommy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ryan,

I've been painting for about 15 years, not so much now as I don't have the time. I started out watching any and all video tutorials on youtube on the subject. I have used most versions of Photoshop but now find AffinityPhoto as my preferred software, does everything PS does and you buy it not rent it like PS, offers great support and regularly updated. It costs about $50, last time I looked.The easiest aircraft paintkits I've found are PMDG, Qualitywings, Majestic Q400, the hardest are Aerosoft and Carenado as they don't come with full length fuselage sides which makes it easier to cut and paste to each part of the aircraft sides. You'll need to have a good understanding of the various graphics formats like DDS,DXT,BMP, JPEG and how to convert between them and using Layers, as well as orientating each part in the painkit to the actual finished product which can get complicated. Alpha channels come into play for night time and metalic textures and shines . A good starting point is to paint textures for AI aircraft, they offer a much simpler paintkit, give you a good working knowledge of software and how to work back  to front from paintkit to finished product and what you need to do to get to that point.

Hope this helps,

Steve


steve southey

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the AVSIM forums! :happy:  Normally I would have left your post in the New Members forum, but for learning about repainting aircraft, I thought this is a better forum and you may get a lot more responses from the guys who are experts.


Charlie Aron

Awaiting the new Microsoft Flight Sim and the purchase of a new system.  Running a Chromebook for now! :cool:

                                     

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, Scorp said:

For the little I have done I've used Gimp. Available at https://www.gimp.org/. It's free and from what i've heard it's as good as photoshop.

Thanks, I will take a look into it and keep doing my research.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve,

 

Thank you very much for all the insight! Those were actually the three that I was interested in painting. Ill definitely start with AI to accustomed to it. Since I have a MacBook pro and travel for a living would you recommend using a windows program for mac or investing in a Microsoft product? 

Ryan 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ryan,

I've never owned any Apple products so can't comment on those, I have used a 2 in 1 windows 10 netbook tablet for portability - good for travel and holidays, it had 64gig EEC memory that was capable of running Photoshop and AffinityPhoto, the processor was good enough to allow  me to use my preferred paint kits, but the smaller screen didn't allow for accurate detail. For this I just saved it and copied the project over to my laptop or desktop PC for completion.


steve southey

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

new to the forums myself and was about ask the same question  about repainting. good to see the top8c already started.

an IT guy i work with said the exact same words about gimp. "good as Paint Shop but free" so i will be using that program. will be starting with AI as i want to bring defunct airlines "back to life" as Kamunra would say. i use mainly Aardvark, Fruit Stand, Alpha India models. still using FS9 and those models have never failed me.

 

only question i have that was not asked is Where do get the liveries from? just go to airliners. net or is there a place you can go to copy and paste?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Tom Allensworth,
    Founder of AVSIM Online


  • Flight Simulation's Premier Resource!

    AVSIM is a free service to the flight simulation community. AVSIM is staffed completely by volunteers and all funds donated to AVSIM go directly back to supporting the community. Your donation here helps to pay our bandwidth costs, emergency funding, and other general costs that crop up from time to time. Thank you for your support!

    Click here for more information and to see all donations year to date.
  • Donation Goals

    AVSIM's 2020 Fundraising Goal

    Donate to our annual general fundraising goal. This donation keeps our doors open and providing you service 24 x 7 x 365. Your donation here helps to pay our bandwidth costs, emergency funding, and other general costs that crop up from time to time. We reset this goal every new year for the following year's goal.


    28%
    $7,125.00 of $25,000.00 Donate Now
×
×
  • Create New...